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A CI-IRISTMAS DILEIvJia is a slcit r/hich v/as given Tsy the
local staff of the Yotmg Women's Christian Association at
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for their Associrtion Christmas party
in December, 1920* The parts are easy to learn, and, if ad-
visable, the stage may he set simply hy the Snov/men vho take
part. A paper of pins and the remnants of old, much-used Asso-
ciation costumes v/ill fit out the actors.
In the original production the stage was marked off
by Christmas trees arranged on three sides of a square, thus
forming a charming backgroimd. Each tree v.-as given by one of
the clubs, and was to be sent to some group of poor children
after the party at the Association, The clubc gathered under
their respective trees and sang Christmas carols for half an
hour, '//ith the entrance of the Snovmen to begin the play,
the club members v/ithdrew to join the audience.
The cuthor submits A CHRISTms DILEIvKIA, hoping that
it may meet the need of some Acsociction that will enjoy it
as much as did the Lancaster Association.
Katharine Van Etten L/iTord,
Girls' V/ork Secretary,
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CAjT of CHARACTEP.3
the old year
mrs. sauta glaus
the me"j yeah
the young '.voken's chris'i'iaii assoc lation
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A CKRISHlaS J^ILSLluA
Tne action tnrougxiout tiie play should be light and spontaneous. At
the beginning of tae pla.y tne S&OliJJV. waiii. in stiffly, talcing tneir places in
tne center of tne stage, and forming a hollow square. They face outward.
After tne SlJOVIIElv" have taicen tixeir pla-ces, lIISxILTOE and HOLLY come
dancing in from opposite doors, ¥iien they reach the SICOVAJEIJ, lilSCLZxOE flirts
with them, holding her bunch of mistletoe over each in turn and kissing him;
HOLLY tickles each under tne chin ,vith a sharp piece of holly.' Finally HOLLY
and MISTLETOE meet in the center of tne stage, and begin a roiliclcing, flir-
tatious little aance. (A hide and seek pantomine around the Si\OV*:iSK is effec-
tive. ) For all the dancing use a concealed victrola or piiino; the "Best Ever
Medley", Victor record, which includes "Dance of tne Hours" for t.ie entrance,
and "Love in Idleness" for tne duet, is a gocd selection,
HOLLY and MISTLETOE finish their dance .by sprinkling tlie Cnristmas
trees with "star dust" from tne SNO.jklEK'S baskets, cJid'hide as FATHER TIM enters
with the OLD YEAB.
Bear up, bear up, my tired son.
Your yearly jOurney is nigh done;
As soon as Santa's bells we hear.
Your work is finisned. One more year
With all tncse past you tnen will be.
Sent oef to live in History,
I -.vish he'd hurry i am faint;
With all ray ti.T.e I hope tne Saint
Will not forget that twenty four
Decemoer days are almost o'er.
And only several minutes wait
To make it twenty-five, the date
Red-cheeked Kris Kringle knows he's due.
My hours ache; my seconds, too;
Still six more days -
(Catching signt of HOLLY and IJISTLETOE)
I say,' now vvho —
HOLLY AND MISTLETOES
We're Mistletoe and Holly,
Both at your service, sir;
You don't look very jolly;
Pray, ./here's your winter fur?
Perhaps you don't remember
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HOLLY Jil^TD MISTLETOE (Continued)
Ihat Christmas ti.-e is here,'
TaKe tiiese Aroc: gay DeceraDer,
(rney offer tne OLD YEuiR sprays of holly and nistletoe)
Gome Iciss, and have no fear.'
(MISTLETOE nolds her Wig high over his head and kisses hia.
OLD YEAH (Loolcing 'brisicer):
V/ait, Father Time, I don't believe
1 want to oe a year gone by,
Tius lively world is hard to leaye,
I am not tired; I g-aess I'll try - - -
(OLD YE/Jl dances awkwardly a few steps)
Alack,' three hundred fifty nine
SiiCir cling days spent well or ill
Must satisfy, Fe'.7 more are mine.
T..t New Year comes, I'm grov/ing chill.
(Sound of sleigii-bells).
At last here's Santa, Give applause.'
And for the lad that's with him too.
Still more for jolly i«irs, Clausj
She'd melt the heart right out of you.'
(lais to the StO.liEK)
And Old Year, ere you pass away,
Benold the young year, strange and nev7j
So greet him, pass the time of day,
And v;ish him luck for .vork to do.
(Enter SaI^'Ia CLaUS, :«i23, S^iaT^ CLaUS, and tlie NE;V YEAR)
Old Saint, a welcome vv-arm indeed,'
Your merry face we badly need
To cheer tne passing year's last days.
To thaw, in tuese, their hearts of snow,
(He points to SKO./MEN)
And coax tae Holly and Kistletoe
To dance for as m graceful maze.
(HOLLY and MISTLETOE dance. )
SAKTA CLiiUS (Clapping):
V/ell done, well done,' 'Jiiat's tnat, you say?
(HOLLY and MISTLETOE have whispered to hi.Ti)
V/ish me to take you far away?
To homes of grief and want - but stay?,
What will these friends, the Snowmen say?
(The SNO'vMEi: wink and smile)
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MIS. SANTA CLAUS;
To silence they're congealed
But slyly they've revealed
With genial wink and smile
They'd think it well worth-while
To speed the v;inter joys
Of little girls and boys.
All right, v/e're off! But now, just wait I
Alas J I fear we'll be so late
In getting over all the world
That these will droop, their leaves be curled,
(He points to HOLLY and T^STLETOE)
Those jaunty Snov/men all will melt;
New Year be here; - I wish I felt 1 - -
(Enter Y.V/.CA. and rushes up to SAJJTA CLAUS)
V/hy, Santa, I scarce thought you'd forget
That with staunch will, love stronger yet
Can al'.vays find a ready v;ay,
I'm the Y.V/.CA. I
Now heed me all, good friends, I pray.
Beneath my roof, beside my hearth
We gather girls all 'round the earth:
Aner:.cans, both blsck and white;
Outcast child widows, India's blight-
The factory girls in quaint Japan, '
To whom we give what joy we can;
Chinese road-builders, women small,
;7ith penny wages - yes, that's all!
The girls of Europe scourged by war
IThose hearts with loss are aching sore.
As Father Time makes old earth spin.
New girls by thousands come within
% doors for comfort, cheer and fun.
So here I am, the very one
To bear your gifts across the sea
To gladden girls where'er they be.
Holly and Mistletoe I invite;
Snowmen, who'd surely melt at sight
01 Africa's rain or India's heat
V7e'll send for Russian children's treat
You've salved the problem v;ell, my dear.
One that-s ■bothered all met here.
Now, litrs. Glaus, the hasket please S
No lovelier toys are made than these
I brought v/j.th me from polar shops.
In which the Year and I made tops.
And kites and dolls' and drums.
And every sort of thing that comes
In stockings hiang on Christmas Eve.
(Sees OLD YEAR fainting)
Twenty-two (Supply right year,) my manl v;ho would "believe
That you were once like yonder ladl
(Points to HK7 YEAR)
Cheer up, shake hands, don't look so sad!
OLD YEAR (Gasping) :
I've just a moment more to say
That in the Y.W.C.A,
I've found good friends, light-hearted glee.
And shared in high festivity.
Here's ray advice to you. New Year,
Lend a hand to further her good cheer;
And let us hope that v/hen you're gone.
Still other years will carry onl
SANTA CLAUS (Catching the OLD YEAR as he faints):
Alasl he's almost dead, poor chap,
(KEW YEAR puts note in cap)
But v/hat is this trpon ray cap?
Ahal V/ho put it there? Tis he.
That blushing bit of infancy I
A message ere you speed away.
For you, my child; I'll read it. Stayl
"% loyalty this very night
To you, Y.'.V.CA., I plight;
Though I seem small and young, 'tis true.
All Tv7enty-three (Supply correct year) belongs to you!
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SUGSESilCi; FOR C0S'iai.:E3
Wnite pajaijas covered -./itia cotton batting (split so that the
fuzzy inside part makes a feathery covering) and sprinkled v/ith
artificial "star dust". More cotton for hair, and faces pov/ered
dead vvnite. Old men's -shoes on feet and battered liats over cot-
ton -lair, -Tv/o carry brooms and two, baskets filled v/ith "star
dust". Clay pipes in mouths of all four. Tney walk in very
stiffly, and throughout the play move as little, and as stiffly,
pale green ballet dress, with small v/hite or silver Cnristmas
tree balls sev/ed on skirt or bodice to represent mistletoe ber-
ries. Ruff of crepe paper mistletoe leaves around, neck ^nd. v/rist
ruffs of same. If leaves are v/ired they will stind up and prove
most effective. One or two shiny Christmas tree balls in hair,
v/hich should be done high, and a piece of real mistletoe in
Long green trousers made of sateen, ^nd cut in points (which may
be v/ired) at sides to represent holly leaves. Red Cnristmas
tree balls sewed at base of each point will look like berries.
Red flannel middy turned inside out will do for snirt, if bloused
well, with ruff or green crepe paper leaves at throat and wrists.
Red cap) vvith green border and a sprig of real holly in cap and
FATHER TBKE - Long grey robe, wnite beard and long m^ir, hour glass am scythe.
OLD YEkR - Djressed as page, gallant but almost exhausted. Cape and trousers
made of blacK muslin with leaves torn from a daily desk calendar
sewed on to them. If tae calendar leaves are a bit torn or mussed,
tne effect is better. A page from a large c-alendar forms the
SiilJTA GLAUS - Dressed as usual, but looking very tired.
MRS. SAHTA CLaUS- Red dress aiid cape trimmed with cotton to represent enr.ine.
Red bonnet and mittens; altogether a very »)0lly little person.
Side curls, if possible.
FEW YEAR - Dressed a la Saturday Evening Post cover's idea of New Year, in
white sateen knickers, swallow tail coat, high silk hat, a good
bit too big, large v/nite gloves aad cane. He should be a child
from about five to ten years old.
Y, V/.G.A, - Dressed as you wish her - in white or blue, vvith shoulders
through a large blue card board triangle, to represent a popular
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LIST OF PI^.YS AW PASE/iNTS HIBLISHED BY
T3IE \70jyL\K3 FHES 6
600 Le2an(;;ton Avqiiug
Ne^v York City.
Price of all pageants and plays 50 cents.
CAT PEAR : pantomime
;,!arion Korris G-leason
COUNSEL, THE : pageant
POLK SONGS OF MANY PEOPLES :
Florence H. Botsford $2.75
HDJ/IE VALLEY, THE : pageant
Faith Van Valkenbnirgh Vilas
IN SPIRIT and IN TRUTH : pageant
JOHN HBIffiY SPEAKS : play
Dav-m Powell ^'^^
LAiTO OF RIGHT SIDE OUT, THE
'iIAIDEN OVffi THE WALL : masque
MINISTSIING OF THE GIFT:
NATIONAL COSTUMES OF THE SLAVIC PEOPLES:
Margaret Swain Pratt $3.00
PLEDGE OF THE BLUE TRIANGLE, THE; ceremony
EAJESES* DREARflS : pantomime
Marion Norris Gleason
SCENES AND SONGS OF HOLE ; pantomime
Marion Norris Gloason
SHINING GODDESS, THE : pageant
Clara S. Sackett
THREE PANTOamiES :
1. THE FORTUNE TELLER
2. THE AV/.«ENING OF SPRING
3. CELESTIAL LOVE
THROUGH THE BLUE TRIANGLE : pageant
TROUBLE THAT IS IN IT, THE : play
Constance Choate V/right
VISION OF THE BLUE CRUSADERS, TH2 :
sue Ann Wilson pageant
V/E C02IE .UffiRICA :
HISTORIC AM) PATRIOTIC
BONDS OP LIBERTY, TIE : pageant-masque ROAD TO TOlfflRROW, THE : pageant-play
BOW OF PROMISE, THE : pageant-festival
CEREiiONY OF AMEBICM DEMOCRACY, A:
pageant - ceremony
CHALLENGE, THE : song ceremony present-
ed at Silver Bay City Conference
July 20, 1918.
THROUGH THE CENTURIES : pageant
Written and devised by the
Bureau of pageantry & Drama
UNITED \vE STAND: pageant
CIRCUS, A : Helen Durham
FOUR DANCES : Helen Durham
ICa BREAKERS and THE ICE BREAKER HERSELF
Edna Geister $1.35
IT IS TO LAUGH :
Edna Geister $1*25
RED LETTER DAY PLAYS :
Margaret G» Parsons - Price ^1.35
SIX RECREATIONAL PARTIES:
: Helen Durham
SPECIAL PARTIES A1<[D STUNTS ;
Era Betzner 20 cents
THE ICE BREAKER HSESELF :
Edna Geister 75 cents
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATIOK AIJD .VORLD FELLOWSH IP
AIR ROUTE 10 BUENOS AIRES : play
AND WHO CAN THIS SPIRIT BE? : pageant
Emma Mauri tz Larson
CAMEL TRIP TO CAIRO, A: play
DRAMA OF ESmER, THE : play
Written by the class of Re-
ligious Pedagogy at the National
Training School, 1917.
LIGHT OF THE '.VCMEH, THE: ceremonial
MAGIC CARPET, THE: play
MEERY-GO-ROUKD-TtlE-ORIElIT: ( enter-
PAGEANT OP THE CHUECH, As pageant
Eleanor B. Forman and
Mabel E. Stone
TOHCH BEARERS OF OHE WESTERN WORUJ, THE:
Elizabeth B. Grimball
OWO WORLD FELLOWSHIP VESPER SERVICES
V/HICH v;AY OUT? : play
CHALICE AND THE COP, THE:
Mary S, Edgar
BIG SISTER'S CHRISOMAS DREM : play
CHRISIMAS STORY, THE : tableaux
CHRISTMAS TREE BLUEBIRD. THE
Mary S. Edgar
MISER'S MILL, THE : play
Ednah Proctor Clark
SPIRIT OF CHRISOMAS, THE: play
Grace E. Craig
WAIF, THE : play
Elizabeth B. Grimball
THE CONSPIRACY OF SPRING an4
THE SCARLET ZNIGHT : pageant
Mary S. Edgar
JACK 'I THE GREEN and THE POTENTATE
OF ;VEATHEKDCM: plays
Margaret C, Getchell
CCiNSPIRACY OF SPRING and THE SCARLET
ZNIGHT : pageant
Mary S. Edgar
FESTIVAL OF THE HriRVEST IXON, THE;
Sue Ann Wilson
EVERY GIRL : pageant
Mary S. Edgar
FASHION REVUE DOV»N PETTICOAT LANE
Devised for the Red Cross and
FRIENDUC - 2INGD0M : pageant-play
Tracy D. Mygatt
MAGIC OF THE DEED, THS t pageant
SNOW QUEEN, THE : play
Elizabeth B. Grimball
CANTON PEARLS : V/orld Fellov;ship pageant BEAU AND BELLE : sketch
Jean Paxton Constance Armfield
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